The Sacrament of Confirmation requires two years of preparation, usually beginning in grade six and continuing through Grade seven. The celebration of this sacrament is generally held in the fall of the following year, according to the Bishop’s schedule. At present there are two opportunities for public school students to attend a confirmation class: Monday afternoons after school dismissal, and Wednesday afternoons after school dismissal.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation includes a retreat, various liturgical experiences as well as opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). Candidates are required to demonstrate commitment to community service and finally arrange for an interview with one of the priests of the parish.
Each year an opportunity for study is provided for adults who, for whatever reason, did not receive the sacrament of Confirmation. A class of basic theological review is held weekly, prior to the reception of the sacrament.
By special arrangement, the Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy is permitted to confer this sacrament on Pentecost Sunday.
Adults, who are baptized, have already received Eucharist, and now desire Confirmation are invited to contact
Sr. Ann Barbara DeSiano, IHM – phone: 718-268-6143
Documentation of baptism and first Eucharist must be provided to the Church when classes begin.